I live in Texarkana, Texas. I spent 24 years in the Army Reserve, the last 14 as a combat arms instructor. I've worked for JCM Industries for 15 years. I started as a welder and now work as an NDT (Non- Destructive Testing) Process Leader. On weekends, I like to grill outside, hunt, fish and spend my time out doors. I really like music. Any kind will do, but I lean toward older rock music from the late 60's and 70's.
In2:IN Forum Attendance. In which years, if any, did you attend our Forum and what inspired you to attend?
I have attended the last three years. I met Bill Bellows in Washington about 10 years ago at a W. Edwards Deming Institute Conference and we stayed in touch. I heard he was working with friends on their own thing in LA and wanted to check it out. I've come back ever since.
Tell us about a recent "a ha" moment
This past summer the family and I went to Cape Cod. The family was on vacation while I was attending classes at the Cape Cod Institute. Joan Goldsmith was leading the class I attended. On day three she talked about having a balanced life and we discussed the parts of our own lives that we thought were out of balance. Then she said that "having a balanced life is not a place to go to, but rather a place to come from". Something about that really hit me hard, I'm still exploring that statement today.
What book(s) are you reading now?
I just got The System - Seeking the Soul of Commerce, by Rick Stephens and Elane Scott. I'm just getting started on it so I can't give a review at the moment.
What recent book have you read that you consider both beneficial and readable?
I really like Catch by Cyndi Crother-Laurin. I have a copy on my desk. I'm always picking it up and thinking about my "Commitments" and my "Intentions". This book helps keep me focused. A great book.
What advice do you have for people new to In2:IN?
Meet as many people as you can. Everyone there is so nice, it's great.